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SINUS SUFFERERS BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF WITH NEW BALLOON THERAPY

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Sinus Sufferers Breathe Sigh of Relief with New Balloon Therapy
Lutheran Medical Center now offers Balloon Sinuplasty to treat chronic sinusitis

September 21, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology is pleased to announce the availability of a new minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation, Balloon Sinuplasty™. The new technique uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses and eliminates many of the discomfort associated with routine sinus surgery like bleeding, severe pain – and the most common complaint – post operative packing.

"The Balloon Sinuplasty system treats chronic sinus sinusitis without removing any tissue or bone and most patients are able to return to normal activities within 24 hours," says Mohsen A. Habib, M.D., F.A.C.S., chief of Otolaryngology at Lutheran Medical Center. "The results are much faster recovery times and less post-procedure discomfort. Most importantly, the procedure eliminates the need for often painful post-op packing used to stop bleeding," he added.

According to experts, sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., affecting 37 million Americans each year. Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery, which requires bone and tissue removal. With Balloon Sinuplasty, asmall, flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.

In 2004, Lutheran Medical Center launched a new and expanded ear, nose and throat (ENT) division. Chaired by Mohsen A. Habib, M.D., F.A.C.S, Lutheran's ENT experts diagnose and treat disorders of the ears, nose and throat in addition to performing the latest head, neck, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeries. The team also assists patients with hearing, balance and snoring disorders as well as sleep apnea. To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians please call our referral coordinator at (718) 630-7979.

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A Level I Trauma Center and Stroke Center, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has cared for Brooklyn communities since 1883. As a full service 476-bed teaching hospital, LMC is the hub of Lutheran HealthCare, a network of primary, acute and long-term care centers in southwest Brooklyn. The LMC Surgical Weight Loss Institute is the only program in Brooklyn to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery while also holding a Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about LMC and its commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at www.LutheranMedicalCenter.com.

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